Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream


As someone with oily / combination skin I've been experimenting of late with thicker, more dense face creams, to ultimately combat the 3pm shine-a-thon that I'm promised every day.  It might sound a bit strange to use a heavier moisturizer to solve this problem, but I've found that using facial oils and heavier consistency creams actually helps to reduce this over time.  Weird, I know.

So imagine my excitement when Kiehl's released their Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream, which has a 99.6% naturally-derived formula and star ingredients of Korean red ginseng root and New Zealand manuka honey promising to deliver a vibrant glow, strengthen and smooth the appearance of fine lines.   When I tested it out at Lane Crawford, it definitely has a much thicker consistency, but was strangely light when applied so I figured it was worth a shot! 

As we age, beginning in our 20s, our skin starts to function less optimally. The skin barrier can become weakened, less resistant, and skin renewal slows..
Our focus for this formula wasn’t tackling the typical anti-aging attributes; it was the global look and feel of the skin—a more macro approach that offers our customers the opportunity to have their skin look its healthiest and most vital.
— Dr. Geoff Genesky, Kiehl’s Head Chemist


You might have heard of Manuka honey as it's been all the rage as a DIY beauty ingredient, dubbed as a superfood with a number of skin and health benefits, particularly when it comes come anti-aging.  Manuka is a monofloral honey known to have anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal properties which originate from its source, the nectar or the Manuka Tree which is otherwise known as Tea Tree!  As someone who had acne and temperamental growing up, I've used tea tree many a time on spots so they disappear quicker - it stings but it definitely works.  So it's no wonder that Manuka honey is renowned for being able to reduce redness, clear congestion and acne, inflamed skin and even eczema.

As well as Manuka honey, Red Ginseng takes a starring role in this formula.  From what I've read, Ginseng has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine to boost immunity and lower blood sugar levels. 


According to Dr. Genesky, Korean Red Ginseng root has been used for thousands of years in traditional Asian medicine and has demonstrated to be one of the most powerful variations of ginseng.  I'm told that this ancient botanical can help increase surface cell turnover rate while improving skin texture, vitality and luminosity.  Sounds intriguing doesn't it? 


Well the formula was intriguing enough for me to try it.  I'm pleased to report that whilst the cream has a thick, goopy texture in the jar, it absorbs easily into the skin and provides lasting hydration throughout the day.  The scent is pleasant enough, although I will note that when I applied a facial oil over the top of it, the product 'pilled' (i.e. created little balls of product) so would not recommend using them in combination.  That being said, Kiehl's Pure Vitality Cream would likely provides enough hydration without the additional use of an oil.  To use, I applied the cream on my skin after cleansing, essence and toner by gently patting onto the skin.  With continued use, I saw my complexion improve and smooth, bouncy, hydrated skin that kept my makeup in place all day!

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